Sept. 10, 2004
Orlando, FL - Florida Atlantic University showed little rust after having its first two games cancelled due to Hurricane Frances by defeating Butler 3-2 in the first game of the UCF/Adidas Kickoff Classic. Reigning Atlantic Sun Conference Player-of-the-Year Kristoffer Aarskog started where he left off last season, scoring two goals, including the game-winner, as the Owls won their season opener for the first time in five years.
"They [Butler] are a very good team with a lot of veterans and experience," said head coach Kos Donev. "I think our team played them very well considering the circumstances surrounding [Hurricane] Francis and being away from practice for six days and having only two days to train before this game. We played tough though and it was enough for us to get the win."
Aarskog, who set records last year for goals, points and shots in a season, scored the game-winning goal with less than seven minutes remaining. Butler (1-3) tied the game in the 82nd minute when Robert Gallo scored off a throw in from Scott Olsen. Two minutes later Aarskog's diving head shot made it past the Bulldog keeper for his ninth career game-winning goal.
The Owls high-powered offense got rolling early when the team scored just 2:14 into the match. Walter Yoder found Samuel-Eli Dzegede on a free kick and Dzegede scored his first career goal to put FAU up 1-0. Yoder recorded his second career assist. David Wyrick scored in the 20th minute to tie the game for the Bulldogs but Aarskog scored in the 55th minute to take back the lead.
Florida Atlantic was out shot by Butler 19-8 as Anders Granstad recorded seven saves. The Bulldogs also led the corner kick battle 10-3. The Owls had gone 0-3-1 in its previous four season openers, getting outscored 8-5.
The Owls return to action on Sunday, September 12 at 11 am against Marshall in the third game of the UCF/Adidas Kickoff Classic. Prices are $4 for adults, $2 for children (Ages 6-17) and seniors (Ages 55+).